Oswestry 24 Bargain Hunt


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Oswestry 24

Eric Knowles oversees the hunt for bargains at Oswestry's Antique and Collectors Fair in Shropshire, with help from experts Charles Hanson and Kate Bliss.


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I am at a top-secret Cold War bunker in rural Cheshire.

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It was a vast underground defence complex in the event of nuclear war.

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Thankfully, it was never put to use.

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I'll be back here later.

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But in the meantime, I've got an antiques fair to visit down the road

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in Oswestry, so what are we waiting for?

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Let's go bargain hunting!

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Welcome to the Oswestry Antique and Collectors Fair.

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Armed with £300,

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our teams have 60 minutes in which to find three items that hopefully

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they can sell on at auction for a profit.

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Let's have a look what's coming up.

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The Reds are in need of refreshment.

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-Have a cup of tea.

-And I like plenty, so it's strong.

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And the Blues turn into Mad Hatters.

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Oh, gosh, take him away!

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At auction, the Reds are excitable.

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Yay!

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And the Blues are ecstatic.

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Yes, yes.

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Well, that's all for later, so let's meet today's teams.

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And for the Reds we've got good friends Simon and Trevor.

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And for the Blues we've got a married couple in Graham and Jane.

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So, welcome and hello.

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-ALL:

-Hello.

-So, turning my attention to the Reds,

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how long have you gentlemen known each other?

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We've known each other 16... 16 long years.

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We're good friends,

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we were in different barristers' chambers in Birmingham,

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but now we're in the same chambers, in fact sharing the same room.

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So you're a barrister, Simon.

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I mean, it must be something of a stressful job.

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It has its moments, yes.

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It's a job I love and it's a unique job.

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It takes me the length and breadth of the West Midlands and

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occasionally beyond to Oxford and to Croydon,

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where I was for five months a couple of years ago.

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What do you do to relax?

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I like to support Norwich City and that helps me relax.

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A real football team.

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A real football team who needs support so I'm glad to offer mine.

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And other than that, read books,

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go for walks with the dog and my two young children.

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All right. So, Trevor, you've always been a barrister as well?

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I have, yeah. I've been a barrister for 16 years now, Eric,

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and working in Birmingham.

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Anything from theft of a banana, Eric, to murder and terrorism,

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and all in between.

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-Really?

-But it doesn't pay.

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No, I've always been acquitted on all 18 counts,

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so don't worry about that. I've been doing my homework on you, Trevor.

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-Oh, yeah.

-Tell me about your romantic proposal.

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I proposed to my wife in New York.

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I had an engagement ring, of course.

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Smuggled it out of the country in my favourite pair of Y-fronts,

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knowing of course that my wife would never, ever look there.

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And then, up at the top of the Empire State Building,

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I took out the Y-fronts,

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I took out the engagement ring, and I made my proposal there,

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and of course, thankfully, she said the yes.

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Graham, is it me, but I'm feeling totally inadequate here.

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How do I follow that? I've got no chance!

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So, back to today,

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I realise you're probably both very well rehearsed in the courtroom,

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but what do you like when it comes to tactics in an antique fair?

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That's a bit more problematic.

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We've had a good discussion about this.

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-Yeah.

-And we decided on a tactic of buying cheap and selling high.

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We really think it's the way to approach this show.

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That's a fantastic theory.

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Well, good luck, Reds.

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But turning my attention now to the Blue team.

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So, Graham and Jane, how did you two get together?

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A love of horses, I think.

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It was, without any doubt.

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I was a jockey.

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And I was a friend of the family who visited the stable yard and met him

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-and that was it.

-And that was it.

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-Over 35 years ago.

-And three children later.

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Right. Graham, you've been working in the horse racing industry.

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Well, I started my apprenticeship when I was 16,

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and I was six and a half stone in those days,

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and I really had to struggle because I was quite tall for a flat jockey.

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And I did that till I was 21. But when I was on the flat,

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I rode against some of the best jockeys in the country.

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Top jockeys, your Lester Piggotts,

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your Scobie Breasleys, all the top jockeys.

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I've been involved with horses over 50 years, and it's just a way of life.

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Jane, I know you share a passion for horses, but you're a hard worker

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as well because you've got two businesses to run.

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Yes, I have indeed. I have a shop in Oswestry

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and a shop in Welshpool, which is not very far away.

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Family-run business,

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we do furniture and beds and lamps and clocks and nice things for the

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home. And yes, that's again, if you run your own business,

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it's very much a full-time job and you never switch off.

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So I can see that you're good at teamwork, you two, after all

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these years, but what about your tactics today?

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We're going to choose one item each,

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and then we'll try not to squabble over the third and allow our expert

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to guide us on that one, I think very much so.

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-Correct.

-But you know a good piece of furniture, though.

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I do know a good piece of furniture if I see it, so yeah,

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something beautifully made.

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Well, to do the best you can you're going to need some money.

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There is £300 for you, Blue team.

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Not to be outdone, there you go, Reds.

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£300 for the Red team.

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So this is where we say goodbye and you go and meet your respective

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experts, so on your way.

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-Thank you.

-So it's the barristers versus the horse lovers,

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but who's going to be first past the post?

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Our experts today are a couple of veteran bargain hunters.

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Hoping to hit the target for the Reds, it's Charles Hansen.

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And digging up profit for the Blues, it's Kate Bliss.

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-What's our plan, Trevor?

-Silver, toys.

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Yes. Bit of interest.

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Something to make a profit, something sporty.

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-Your plan?

-Buy cheap, sell high.

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-I like your style.

-I'd like to find something silver.

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Something we see that really takes our fancy.

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That sounds great.

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Teams, you need to be on a roll today.

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Your time starts now.

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Come on, then. Quality, lads.

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-Let's get started.

-Let's do it.

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But as their shopping hour starts, the heavens open.

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Yeah, let's get inside.

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-OK, thank you.

-Let's go left around the corner, I think.

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Pouring.

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There's loads in here, so let's take our time.

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-Go this way first.

-Right.

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There's plenty to see, Kate, but don't take too much time -

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that hour soon disappears.

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-There we are.

-Oh, yeah.

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Oh, gosh, take him away!

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Once a jockey, always a jockey.

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Now stop horsing around.

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Where are those Reds?

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If you think it's of no use at all, but that lampshade...

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The lampshade? Is that really your style?

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It's functional - people's conservatories, greenhouses,

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hallways, have these kind of lampshades hanging in them and I

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think it'll draw people's attention.

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You see, my heart doesn't go with it, but I think you've got a point.

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There'd be a market there.

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-There would be a market.

-And importantly, it's in good condition.

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Is it iconic of the age for style?

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-I suppose it's space-age.

-Space-age, yeah.

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But I agree, it's not amazing for a lot of reasons,

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but it's good for a few reasons, and it might be affordable.

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Yeah, exactly. Shall we give them a quick shout?

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-Yeah.

-Hello, how much is on this, please?

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30 on this, but you can have it for £18, sir.

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-£18?

-What if we were to offer you 15?

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Just because we are on a very tight budget.

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Tight budget? You've got £300!

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-Barristers, eh?

-15.

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-How much?

-15.

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You've actually secured it at half-price.

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-Yeah.

-And that's no mean feat.

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I like your style, guys.

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High fives. You know what?

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You're hard negotiators. Come on, let's go.

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-It's a bright start.

-Onwards and upwards, Charles.

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The Reds have their first item in the bag, and in under ten minutes.

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Are the Blues any closer to finding theirs?

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Oh, look at the working on that, that's rather lovely. It is very intricate, isn't it?

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It is. It's known as filigree work and actually,

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the Continental silversmiths are very good at filigree work.

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Europeans, and in the Far East, actually.

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But this is Danish and if we take it out,

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it's from that lovely Art Deco period.

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It's the amount of work that's gone into it that I like.

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And you'd wear that, wouldn't you?

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I would actually, yes, I would wear something like that.

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What a nice gift for somebody, you see.

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A lucky four-leaf clover, as well.

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Lucky four-leaf clover! It's got to be good, hasn't it?

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-It has.

-Let me just see if there's any marks on it.

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Because it would be really nice if we've got...

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Yeah, there we go, that's what we're looking for.

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So, this is what collectors really like to see.

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In the middle there, you can see sterling, Denmark, and then the initials,

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H and then GR, for Hugo Grun.

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So he's the designer working in Copenhagen in the really early part

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of the 20th-century. So looking at about the 1920s here.

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-It's very nice, isn't it?

-I like that. Yeah.

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Do you think you ought to strike while the iron is hot

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-if you like it?

-I think so.

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What could you do on that for us?

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-It's 36 on that.

-36.

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I can go down to 25 for you.

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I think you've got a fighting chance at that.

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What is going to do the business is that name.

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-The name on it.

-Absolutely.

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-Shake the lady's hand.

-Thank you very much.

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15 minutes in, that's buy number one for the Blues.

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-Thank you.

-Now the Reds are going to brave the weather to find their

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-second item.

-Look at this!

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The sun is shining again. Let's have a look at what's out here.

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Exactly right. Follow me.

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Meanwhile, back inside, the Blues have lost a team-mate.

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-Where has Graham gone?

-Oh.

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-Have we lost him?

-We've lost him already.

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-It doesn't take long.

-Oh, there he is, the Lone Ranger,

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just without his horse.

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-Quick.

-He's there.

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But he has found something.

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See that there?

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That to me is something old.

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-Yes.

-And I love things like that.

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And treasured. Somebody's used that.

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-They have.

-That's what I like, something like that.

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Old, wooden, plain.

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-Yeah.

-I can't really add anything to that.

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No, you can't, can you? I can leave it.

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Leave it. I'm not sure about it.

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But you've had your choice.

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-I have had my choice.

-That's the sort of thing which I really like,

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which is old, like myself, it's old, but as I say,

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which I think I can imagine my father using, my grandfather using,

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and that sort of thing. That's my emergency.

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-Do you want to keep it as an emergency?

-That's the emergency.

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I love the fact that you are drawn so much to this.

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These things which I do, anything old.

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Let's keep looking. Come on, then.

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So, Graham's looking for an antiquity.

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Is this a change of strategy?

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What happened to that sports item?

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Now, how are the Reds shaping up?

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This stand looks quite interesting.

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Let's have a look.

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What's this? You hold that one there for me.

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-Let's have a look at that.

-That's heavier than I thought it would be.

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Now, gents, I think I recognise... Who's that?

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That is Noddy.

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Exactly. And actually, the reason I'm drawn to this pottery mould,

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I think probably mid-20th century, 1950s, golden age...

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-Of Noddy.

-..for toy production.

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But also, look at what's inscribed there.

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-Chad Valley.

-Yeah, exactly.

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Chad Valley was one of the most important toy manufacturers in the

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mid-20th century.

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-Yeah, in the Midlands.

-What's nice about this is one wonders how many

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Noddys came out of this mould, probably in plastic...

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-Thousands.

-..all those years ago.

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What use will it be put to other than decorative?

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You're not going to make more Noddys.

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No, you're not, but actually, to a toy collector,

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it's the birth of Noddy...

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-True.

-..from an iconic time.

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Impressed with your mould?

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I'm very impressed with my mould.

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-I really like it.

-Yeah.

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The really important question we are asking now is, what's the provenance?

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It came from the Chad Valley factory in Wellington when it closed down.

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What sort of figure are we looking at?

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I've got 45 on that one.

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What would be your best on it?

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-I'll do 30.

-30, right.

-That's your bottom line.

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-That's a good price.

-Do you know what? Definitely.

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It almost belongs in a museum, this,

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and if a museum locks horns with a serious toy enthusiast who loves

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Chad Valley, it could move.

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It's got the name, it's got the provenance.

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I might say going...

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-Going...

-Gone.

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Gone! Sold. Thank you.

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Shake his hand.

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The Reds have both nodded in agreement.

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We're almost flying quite high here.

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I think we've got to look for the big one now.

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The piece, the statement piece.

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-Exactly.

-So, it's second item in the bag after 20 minutes.

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Back inside, and have the Blues found their second item?

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Now, that's just a proper hat and coat stand, isn't it?

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It is, isn't it? You said you wanted something practical.

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Something useful. That's useful.

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So, there is a little backplate that I guess fitted like that.

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Now, it's unfortunate there is a bad split in that,

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but it's an old thing.

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I would say, typically, that's Edwardian.

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-Yes, I thought...

-Looking at the moulding on it.

-That's £18.

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Well, hey, let's not hang about. Shall we go and ask?

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Why not? Here you go, Jane, you take it.

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12.

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Would you go for ten?

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Seeing as there's a split on the...

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-11, and that's the deal.

-11 would be the best.

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-I'd have it in my house.

-I'd pay for that, I would, too.

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-Shall we go for it?

-Your eyes are shining, Jane, you love this.

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I do, I love it, I love it.

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-Yes. Let's do it.

-Let's do it.

-We'll do it, thank you very much.

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Yes, please. Super, thank you.

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The Blues have hooked their second purchase.

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-Not bad.

-I know.

-You don't hang about.

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No, no.

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25 minutes in, they're racing along.

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But where are the Reds?

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What about these?

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Simon, what's that?

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Yes, I can see why you'd like them, Trevor.

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Well, I'm a tea merchant and I like tea.

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And I like coffee as well.

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Potentially as a pair.

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Though it is striking, what I love is more the hot water jug or perhaps

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-the coffee pot.

-Yeah.

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In that, look at the handle, it's so angular, it's so Art Deco.

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The form is nice,

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the almost domed shape represents those emerging skyscrapers of the

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-early 20th century as well.

-It's Bakelite handle.

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Chrome plate. Have a cup of tea, there you go.

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-Have a cup of tea.

-I might need something stronger, Charles.

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-What do you think?

-I'm not crazy about it.

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-You're not?

-I don't know.

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-You're not crazy in love.

-I'm not crazy in love.

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-No.

-What do you think at auction?

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They are both priced at £43.

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You'll want to buy both of them, I feel.

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-Yeah.

-I mean, I've got £86 on the pair.

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I could do 65, would that be acceptable?

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-Too much, yeah.

-We'll leave them for now.

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-Thank you for your time.

-Thank you.

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-I wish you well.

-Thank you.

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Thank you! Come on, gents.

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Hopefully, something else will perk up the Reds.

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How come you get to wear a nice suit?

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Good question, Simon.

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Inside, Kate's found something that might tip the balance for the Blues.

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I know you wanted something useful,

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and I don't know whether this will appeal to you, Graham,

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but think about that set of scales there.

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Oh, I look at that and I see cleaning.

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-Cleaning!

-She does.

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-I look at that and think, somebody's going to have to clean that.

-What sort of price is on that?

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I think she said about 90 or...

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It is quite a nice quality one.

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-I can see you're not sold on that.

-I'm not.

-No, no.

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OK. Come on, then.

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Thank you.

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Nice try, Kate. I wonder how Charles is getting on with the Red team.

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It's fairly plain sailing at the moment.

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They believe in me.

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But come the auction, the joy might be out.

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But we are doing very well.

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I predict a profit so far, but we need that big, inspired last buy.

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Gents, come on, let's go on.

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40 minutes gone now and Kate might have found something that will

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appeal to former jockey Graham.

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There's a little something in here.

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Do you see that little brooch in here with the horse's head on it?

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-I do.

-Is that your sort of thing, Graham?

-It is.

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It's actually a little... Yeah, it's a little brooch.

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Right, let's ask the stallholder to release the stable door.

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-That is sweet, isn't it?

-That's brilliant.

-It is.

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It's the sort of thing you would buy as a present for someone.

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I mean, irrespective of your interests, Graham,

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there are a lot of horsey people out there.

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-Of course there are.

-And that's a really lovely, neat design.

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Kate, that is super.

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Could this be their second silver brooch?

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This has been cast in a mould where they've poured the silver in and

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then they've cast it. It's got the hallmark there.

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Birmingham, 48.

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-What could you do?

-Because we're on our last item, we are.

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-We desperately need this.

-I've got 38 on it. I'd do 30.

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How about 25?

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28, but that really is it.

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It's quality and we've been looking for something this afternoon like

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that and we've got it. Can we shake your hand on that?

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-Happy?

-Yes.

-You happy?

-Yes.

-There we go. Thank you.

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-That's lovely.

-Thank you very much.

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The Blues have galloped ahead and finished with 15 minutes left on the clock.

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-Well done. Come on, this way.

-Cup of tea time, isn't it?

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-A cup of tea!

-Thank you.

-I'm gasping.

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They've flown through the shop.

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Now, are the Reds ready to do the same?

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We're in RAF territory round here, RAF Cosford down the road.

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-Of course we are.

-What's it made out of?

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-Is it brass?

-It is brass.

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Now, what plane is that?

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-Mosquito.

-Is it?

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Now, I'd have that on my desk.

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It is quite crudely cast, the detail isn't overly clever,

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but it's all there. I'd have thought it's probably 1960s, 1970s.

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-OK.

-How much is it?

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-18 on it.

-£18 on the ticket.

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Right. I mean, you might fly high with it.

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Simon, what do you think about it?

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I like it. It's honest, it looks good from a discreet distance.

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It does, actually. And also, don't forget,

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there's many old gentlemen out there who remember flying these.

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What would you put it in your saleroom for?

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Between £20-30.

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So if we get it for between five and ten, at the end of the day...

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-More towards five.

-Shall we make an offer on it?

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Yeah. Well, we have got ten minutes left.

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-We could have a word.

-Let's see what the stallholder's got to say.

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Aircraft with propellers, what's the best on that?

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Well, the very lowest would be 15 quid.

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Oh, we would be looking at ten at the most.

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-No.

-What if we bought the other one, too?

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I could do the two for 20 quid.

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Two for 20 - Charles, what do you think about that?

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-What's that?

-There's another one.

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It's not identical, it's not matching by any degree,

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but it's another similar...

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-And for the two together?

-20 quid.

-£20.

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So, that's an £8 drop on the combined price for both aeroplanes.

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I think, when you go online and use search words like Mosquito and

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Spitfire, you'll bring in a huge array of buyers.

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And I would say, for £20, it's not a lot.

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-Shake his hand.

-All right. £20 for them both.

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Great, gentlemen,

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a two-for-one deal completes the Reds' shop with ten minutes spare.

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With both teams now bought up, I am calling time.

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BELL RINGS

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-Well done.

-Thank you.

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-Chocks away.

-Chocks away.

-Squadron leader.

-Exactly.

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Now it's time for refreshments.

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Come on, cup of tea.

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Let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought.

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Firstly, they are hoping this star pendant will light up the profit.

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£15 paid.

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Next, they gave this Noddy mould the nod for £30.

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And, finally, will these two mid-20th century warplanes

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fly at auction? £20 paid for both.

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So, gentlemen, I think there was some measured spending here today, yes?

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-Pretty measured.

-I think we kept it under control, didn't we, Trevor?

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Let me ask you, Simon, your favourite item?

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The starry, Sputniky lamp that we bought, our first purchase.

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-Very happy with that.

-Tell me, of the three items that you did purchase,

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which is the one that you think may give you the biggest profit?

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-I would say the lamp.

-OK.

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What about you, Trevor? Your favourite?

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The aeroplanes, I think they'd look good on anybody's desk.

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In a study or office, or at work.

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Of the three, which do you think is going to give you the biggest profit?

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I would say the lamp, financially.

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-The lamp.

-Well, financially, how much did you spend?

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We spent £65, out of 300.

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All I'm interested in is £235.

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I am sorry, Father, we spend so little.

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But my intentions are now to spend big, and go for the big object,

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at the big price, to really impress you.

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So, while Charles goes off for an impressive Bonus Buy,

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let's remind ourselves what the Blue team bought.

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First, they're hoping to strike it lucky

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on this Danish four-leaf clover brooch. £25 paid.

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Next, they spent £11 on this Edwardian hat and coat hook.

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And finally, the horse lovers bagged this second themed brooch for £28.

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Well, I was quite impressed with you, Blues, because, to a

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large extent, you stuck very closely to what you set out to.

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-We did.

-Didn't you?

-Yes.

-Kate, from your point of view?

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You can tell these two have been together for 35 years,

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because they are quite a team.

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Tell me, Jane, what's your favourite item?

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Favourite item was the hat and coat hook.

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It ticked the boxes, it was useful.

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-I think it was also lovely.

-Tell me, of the three,

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which do you think is going to make the biggest profit?

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-Hat and coat hook.

-Oh, right.

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OK. Graham, what about your favourite object?

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My horse brooch.

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-Very stylish.

-Very stylish.

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And is the sort of thing I would have bought anyway.

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What of the three is going to give you the biggest profit?

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Coat hanger. As I say, it's old and it's unique.

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So, how much did you spend?

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We spent £64 in the end.

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Which means you're going to give me £236.

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So, anything caught your eye, Kate?

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Well, possibly. Something a little bit shiny,

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but it's certainly of quality.

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So, while Kate goes off to search for her Bonus Buy,

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I'm going underground.

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But that's all...top secret.

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Deep in the heart of this Cheshire countryside is a military bunker

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that stands out a reminder of one of the most perilous periods in recent

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world history.

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After the Second World War, tensions between the Soviet Union and America over nuclear weapons ran high.

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It will not reduce our need for arms, or allies.

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There was a real fear of this...

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A nuclear attack.

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As allies of America, Britain took urgent steps to protect itself.

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In 1976, the Ministry of Defence

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turned this World War II radar station into

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a regional government headquarters, at a cost of £32 million.

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40 years on, these rooms and corridors, set deep below ground,

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are still a stark reminder of those dark days.

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The Cold War bunker is now a museum, and I've come to meet Lucy Siebert,

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whose parents bought it in 1995.

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I'm intrigued to find out why your parents would want to buy

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a nuclear bunker, of all things.

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Well, Dad had an interest in nuclear defence,

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and he collected military vehicles.

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So he came across this and decided that bunkers were the thing for him.

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He bought it and we moved in in '96, and we opened the museum in '98.

0:24:130:24:18

So, you actually lived in this place for a year?

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We did, we lived here for a little time while we were trying to set it

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up, because when the Ministry of Defence left,

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they completely gutted it.

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So, we had to put together an entire tourist attraction, a whole museum,

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in order to open to the public.

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So, how important was this bunker then, when it was actually in use?

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It was absolutely vital to the defence of the nation.

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In the eventuality of an attack or an emergency,

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the Queen and Parliament would been dissolved of power and the running

0:24:450:24:49

of the country would have filtered down into the regional headquarters,

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of which there were 12,

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and we controlled a huge swathe of the north-west.

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And we would have made sure the public survived.

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While devastation and chaos would have taken hold outside, inside,

0:25:020:25:06

key decision-makers would be organising the rebuilding of the country -

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its roads, water supply, food, shelter and medical aid.

0:25:100:25:15

There were enough resources for 161 people to survive down here for

0:25:150:25:22

three months. But, believe it or not, there were only 40 beds.

0:25:220:25:27

How does that work?

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I'll give it a try.

0:25:290:25:32

Warning of an attack could come at any time.

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ALARM ACTIVATES

0:25:350:25:37

So, imagine if there was a real nuclear attack.

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What would have been the procedure?

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First thing that would happen would be the primary war headquarters at

0:25:480:25:51

High Wycombe would see that a missile is incoming.

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Then they have two minutes to decide what they're going to do -

0:25:550:25:57

to attack, or how they're going to defend.

0:25:570:26:01

They would have told the other 11 bunkers,

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then we would have alerted our base here and then, from there, the public.

0:26:020:26:07

They have four minutes to get in their shelter and wait for an

0:26:070:26:10

incoming attack.

0:26:100:26:12

The procedure for warning the public within those four minutes was simple -

0:26:120:26:16

operatives would arm the system and flick the switch to attack mode.

0:26:160:26:21

System powers up.

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And then it would set off the sirens,

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and everybody would hear them across the nation.

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SIREN BLARES

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Just how people would react to hearing that...

0:26:320:26:35

-Would be pretty terrifying.

-Yeah, wouldn't it just.

0:26:350:26:38

-Scary stuff.

-Very.

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By 1993, the threat of nuclear attack had dissipated

0:26:450:26:50

and the bunker was declassified.

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Today, it still serves as a reminder of how Britain prepared itself

0:26:550:26:59

for the worst possible outcome.

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Now we're off to auction and today we've come to Whitchurch in Shropshire.

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And with me is the auctioneer Christina Trevelyan.

0:27:140:27:17

-Lovely to see you.

-Lovely to see you too, thanks for coming.

0:27:170:27:20

Pleasure. Let's start with our Red team.

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Our Red team, Simon and Trevor.

0:27:220:27:24

Their first item is this sort of very fashionable and somewhat

0:27:240:27:29

contemporary star-shaped shade.

0:27:290:27:32

It's obviously got no real age, has it?

0:27:320:27:34

-Well, to be honest with you, if it still had a barcode on it, I wouldn't be surprised.

-No.

0:27:340:27:39

-How subtle.

-What do you want me to say?

0:27:390:27:42

I'm not really an expert in modern light fittings.

0:27:420:27:45

I've put £20 to £30 on it.

0:27:450:27:47

They paid £15 for it.

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-Yeah.

-So, item number two, their second purchase.

0:27:490:27:52

The mould for making as many Noddys as you would wish.

0:27:520:27:58

I think, to a toy collector or toy enthusiast,

0:27:580:28:00

I think it would be an interesting thing.

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It's a talking point, isn't it?

0:28:030:28:05

-Conversation piece.

-I mean, I've sort of said £20 to £30.

0:28:050:28:08

They paid £30 for it.

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But, in all fairness, try and find me another.

0:28:100:28:13

Well, yes, this is true.

0:28:130:28:14

Who's to say? Their third purchase, these two aeroplanes.

0:28:140:28:17

Yes. Got this wonderful elliptical wing on the Spitfire,

0:28:170:28:20

which was just so evocative.

0:28:200:28:22

I think they're nice, they're great desk pieces.

0:28:220:28:24

I don't think they've got a particularly huge amount of age to them.

0:28:240:28:27

No. So, estimate?

0:28:270:28:29

£40 to £60.

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OK. That's good news. They paid £20 for them.

0:28:300:28:33

-Oh, well, that's not bad.

-OK.

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So, whether they will need it or not,

0:28:350:28:37

let's have a look at their Bonus Buy.

0:28:370:28:40

So, Simon and Trevor,

0:28:410:28:42

you left our Charles here a stonking £235 to go out and play with.

0:28:420:28:49

Charles, reveal all.

0:28:490:28:50

I found this box.

0:28:500:28:52

You're intellectual men and you might fancy a game of...bridge.

0:28:520:28:56

-Ooh.

-Do you play bridge?

-No.

-No.

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-What's it made out of?

-It's copper,

0:29:010:29:03

it's beautifully embossed and has this wonderful, rustic...

0:29:030:29:08

Evocative of a decade and period of around 1910.

0:29:080:29:13

Of course, to me, it's very striking and stylish.

0:29:130:29:17

-Like yourself.

-Thank you.

0:29:170:29:18

What do you think?

0:29:180:29:20

I don't play bridge.

0:29:200:29:22

I don't know many people who do, these days.

0:29:220:29:24

It's a return to nature and a return to craftsmanship.

0:29:240:29:27

So, Simon, what do you think?

0:29:270:29:30

I think it's very attractive for those who are drawn to the arts

0:29:300:29:33

and crafts. Obviously quality.

0:29:330:29:36

It wasn't cheap.

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-How much?

-Well, it cost me 235.

0:29:370:29:42

Oof!

0:29:420:29:43

It's quite a rash buy. But, at the same time...

0:29:440:29:47

That's the encouragement we need, Charles.

0:29:470:29:49

It will either make 60 or make £400.

0:29:490:29:53

In the meantime, let's find out what the auctioneer had to say about

0:29:530:29:57

Charles's bridge box.

0:29:570:29:59

So, this is what Charles bought.

0:30:010:30:04

Good man, I love this.

0:30:040:30:06

Good-looking thing.

0:30:060:30:07

It's just so Art Nouveau, isn't it?

0:30:070:30:11

These wonderful, sinuous whiplash lines all over it.

0:30:110:30:14

It's beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

0:30:140:30:16

I just can't fault it.

0:30:160:30:18

So, Christina, your estimate?

0:30:180:30:19

£80 to £120 on it.

0:30:190:30:21

I have to say, Charles spent £235.

0:30:210:30:24

-How much?!

-Let's keep our fingers crossed for that one.

0:30:240:30:28

-Yeah.

-Let's move on to our Blue team.

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This is Jane and Graham.

0:30:310:30:32

Their first item is a silver four-leaf clover brooch.

0:30:320:30:37

All that little wire-work around the petals, the leaves of the clover,

0:30:370:30:41

the shamrock, you've got there, it's just exquisite.

0:30:410:30:43

It really is, really pretty. I like it an awful lot.

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Danish, Scandinavian jewellery,

0:30:470:30:49

very, very popular at the moment, and we do have a good,

0:30:490:30:51

strong buyers' market for it.

0:30:510:30:53

I put an estimate of £30 to £50 on it.

0:30:530:30:56

Good start for the Blues, because they paid £25.

0:30:560:31:00

-Good one.

-So, our second purchase is this rather interesting treen.

0:31:000:31:05

You're going to hang up a hat or maybe a coat.

0:31:050:31:10

Exactly. It's wonderfully evocative, isn't it,

0:31:100:31:12

of the time when you would come home from your office and you would put

0:31:120:31:15

your hat on one and your coat on the other.

0:31:150:31:17

The condition, unfortunately, does leave a lot to be desired.

0:31:170:31:20

We've got quite a bit of splitting here, unfortunately.

0:31:200:31:23

But nonetheless, very good-looking.

0:31:230:31:25

-Estimate?

-I've put an estimate of £20 to £30 on it.

0:31:250:31:27

OK, again, a good buy at £11.

0:31:270:31:30

Oh, very good buy, yes.

0:31:300:31:32

Wow, the Blues are on fire.

0:31:320:31:34

Third item, another piece of silver jewellery, with two horses' heads.

0:31:340:31:38

Are we in horsey territory?

0:31:380:31:40

We are, very much so, yes.

0:31:400:31:41

We live in quite a rural little community and there is a lot of

0:31:410:31:44

interest in equestrian items.

0:31:440:31:46

Not particularly old, but, again, it's really quite wearable.

0:31:460:31:50

What is your estimate on this?

0:31:500:31:51

I think we're looking at £20 to £30.

0:31:510:31:53

OK, well, they paid 28.

0:31:530:31:55

So, they're in with a chance.

0:31:550:31:57

-I'd say so.

-So, it strikes me that the Blues have bought quite well today.

0:31:570:32:01

Having said that,

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I think it's as well that we have a look at their Bonus Buy.

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So, Jane and Graham, you left Kate £236.

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Kate, you were talking shiny, you were talking quality.

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-Would you like to reveal?

-I will.

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And it's all those things. Look at that.

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-Ooh. Pretty and shiny.

-That's nice, isn't it?

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Yes, it is.

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-You like?

-That is very nice.

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So, it is a little silver jug, but it has a few features

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I think just make it a little bit more special.

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It's got a bit of character to it.

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It has indeed.

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It's a period decorative thing, it's late Victorian in date.

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We can see exactly when it was made,

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because we've got clear hallmarks here and the maker here.

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It's Atkin Brothers, based in Sheffield in the late 19th century.

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It's a jolly good weight, too.

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-Feel the weight of that.

-Is it a cream jug?

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-Yes.

-So, how much did you pay for it?

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So, I paid £70.

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-Right.

-I think, at auction, I would say certainly 50 to 70,

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but I do think it's got a chance of making a profit.

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It's not your average little cream jug.

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Yeah, I'm dead chuffed with that. Well done.

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That's a really good choice.

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In the meantime, let's find out what the auctioneer has to say about

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Kate's pretty silver jug.

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So, here's Kate's Bonus Buy.

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Christina, how do you rate that?

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Isn't it sweet? Obviously from the great silversmithing town of Sheffield,

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very high Victorian with these wonderful garland swags here.

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I've been quite modest at £30 to £50.

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Kate went and paid £70 for it.

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I'm probably being very mean.

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I think it will probably go top end of that. It's a good looking thing.

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OK, who's going to be taking the auction?

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-Me!

-Excellent.

-Yeah.

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At 75? 75 I have.

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Thank you, at £75.

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So, how are we feeling, boys?

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-A bit apprehensive.

-Quietly confident.

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We've bought quality, I think.

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With Charles's help.

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Some might think this is another day in court for you two.

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I feel like I'm in court, like I'm being judged.

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-This is the verdict coming now.

-It is.

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So, your first item's about to come up.

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You paid £15 for this.

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Fingers crossed, we're just about to find out.

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The contemporary star form glass light fitting.

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Bid me £20 for it?

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£20?

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How much are they in the department stores?

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Give me 15, then? Let's go for £15.

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Give me 15, surely somebody needs a star like that?

0:34:250:34:27

Ten, then? Thank you for £10.

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-£10, come on.

-I'm looking for 12, but I will take ten.

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We're all done at £10.

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That was yours.

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That's your fault.

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Guilty! Guilty!

0:34:420:34:44

15, sold for ten, minus £5.

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Not the end of the world.

0:34:460:34:49

OK. So, your next items coming up is your Chad Valley Noddy mould.

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You paid £30 for it.

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The really rather unusual Chad Valley Noddy mould.

0:34:570:35:00

Bid me £20 for it?

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£20 for this.

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25 I have already online.

0:35:040:35:06

-You watch this move.

-At £25 I have.

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And 30 with you, sir, thank you.

0:35:100:35:11

At £30 I have.

0:35:110:35:12

Where's five? Five at 30, 35.

0:35:120:35:15

Thank you. 40, sir?

0:35:150:35:16

Go on. Yes, back at £40.

0:35:170:35:21

At £40 I have.

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45, sir, against you.

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45, thank you.

0:35:240:35:25

50, sir?

0:35:250:35:26

At £45, if we're all done, at 45.

0:35:270:35:30

Well done, boys.

0:35:330:35:34

OK, you paid 30, done plus 15.

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You were minus 5, so you're now in plus £10.

0:35:370:35:42

OK, well done. Here's your third lot.

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It's the two brass model aeroplanes.

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You paid £20 for them. Let's see if they'll fly.

0:35:460:35:49

Good-looking lot here, two of them here in the lot for £30 only,

0:35:490:35:52

bid me 30. At 30?

0:35:520:35:53

30 I have. 35?

0:35:530:35:55

40? 40 I have, thank you.

0:35:550:35:57

At £40 standing, at 40, where's five?

0:35:570:36:00

At £40 I have in the room, looking for 45 now.

0:36:000:36:04

At £40, if we are all done, then, selling to you, sir, at £40.

0:36:040:36:09

-Brilliant.

-OK, happy with that.

0:36:090:36:12

Well done, boys.

0:36:120:36:14

£20 spent, £40 received, £20 profit.

0:36:140:36:17

-That's good news.

-It leaves you now in a positive £30, OK?

0:36:170:36:22

-Taking home money.

-But we haven't finished yet,

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because we have the option of the Bonus Buy,

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which is the Art Nouveau copper bridge box.

0:36:290:36:31

Now, Charles did pay £235 for this.

0:36:310:36:35

-Toppy.

-Toppy.

0:36:350:36:37

Top heavy.

0:36:370:36:39

We need a decision. Yes or no?

0:36:390:36:41

Come on.

0:36:410:36:42

-No.

-No.

0:36:420:36:44

-No.

-Thank you anyway, Charles.

0:36:440:36:46

-Thank you very much!

-All right.

0:36:460:36:47

Christina's valuation was £80 to £120.

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But auctioneers don't always get it right.

0:36:530:36:56

Let's just watch and see exactly where this one goes to.

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Now is the absolutely super looking Art Nouveau copper bridge box,

0:36:590:37:04

absolutely gorgeous.

0:37:040:37:05

-Thanks, Christina.

-Interest here with me at £80.

0:37:050:37:09

-Let's roll.

-My commission bidder here, at £80.

0:37:090:37:11

Give me five. At 80, 85.

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90 with my commission bidder, online at 90 here.

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Where's five? At £90, 95, 100 I have online.

0:37:160:37:20

-At £100 I have.

-Let's roll.

0:37:200:37:22

I'm still 135 down.

0:37:220:37:23

110 is bid. Give me 120.

0:37:230:37:25

At £110 I have.

0:37:250:37:27

120 is bid. Where is 130?

0:37:270:37:29

The internet, £120.

0:37:290:37:32

Online at £130 now.

0:37:320:37:34

-Not yet.

-At 130, where's 140?

0:37:340:37:36

At 130. 140.

0:37:360:37:38

My goodness. Against you all at £140.

0:37:380:37:42

You've got to gamble sometimes. The gamble has not paid off.

0:37:420:37:45

You can hang me, OK?

0:37:450:37:47

Well, if you had have gone with it, you would have suffered a £95 loss.

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So, the final total was plus £30.

0:37:520:37:56

Could be a winning score. Either way, not a word to those Blues.

0:37:560:38:01

Of course.

0:38:010:38:02

-How are we feeling? Come on, tell me.

-Nervous.

0:38:090:38:12

-Confident.

-That's a happy mix, isn't it, Kate?

0:38:120:38:15

Your first item is about to come up, that Danish silver brooch.

0:38:150:38:18

You paid £25 for it.

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And it's coming up now.

0:38:200:38:21

I'm bid... What am I bid?

0:38:210:38:22

25, 30, £35 straightaway with me online at £35.

0:38:220:38:26

Looking for 40. And 40, and five.

0:38:260:38:29

45 and 50, and five, against you, sir.

0:38:290:38:32

Thank you, anyway, at £55.

0:38:320:38:33

65 online, £65.

0:38:330:38:35

70 with you, madam.

0:38:350:38:37

Room bidder. 80 online, madam.

0:38:370:38:39

Go five? 85.

0:38:390:38:41

And 90. And five.

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I'm looking for 100, but I will sell to my room bidder at £95.

0:38:430:38:48

Yes!

0:38:490:38:50

You've just made yourself £70.

0:38:520:38:54

-Yes!

-OK.

0:38:540:38:55

Your next item's coming up.

0:38:550:38:57

It's that interesting coat and hat hook stand, and it's coming up now.

0:38:570:39:01

Interest here with my commission bidder,

0:39:010:39:03

starting at £20 with my commission bidder, at £20.

0:39:030:39:06

Where's five? At £20 I have.

0:39:060:39:08

25, and 30.

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And five, I'm out.

0:39:100:39:11

At £35 with the lady, 35, looking for 40 now.

0:39:110:39:14

At £35, with the lady seated at 35.

0:39:140:39:18

-Absolutely brilliant.

-£35, and I will sell at 35.

0:39:180:39:22

35.

0:39:220:39:23

It's getting better, isn't it?

0:39:250:39:27

You paid 11, 35, so plus 24.

0:39:270:39:31

You are now in plus £94.

0:39:310:39:35

Your next lot is coming up, that's the silver double-head horse head

0:39:350:39:39

-brooch.

-This is what I love.

-Let's see what happens.

0:39:390:39:41

Smart looking thing for you there. Birmingham, 1948.

0:39:410:39:44

I've got £20 with me on commission here, at £20.

0:39:440:39:47

Where's two? At £20 I have, looking for a horsey person here.

0:39:470:39:50

22, 25, 28.

0:39:500:39:53

My commission bid is out at £28.

0:39:530:39:55

In the room at 28. Looking for 30 now.

0:39:550:39:57

30 is online.

0:39:570:39:59

35 in the room.

0:39:590:40:00

Where's 40?

0:40:010:40:04

40 online. 45 in the room.

0:40:040:40:06

At £45.

0:40:060:40:07

In the room, with the lady, at £45 looking for 50 now.

0:40:070:40:11

At £45, if you're all done, I will sell to my room bidder at 45.

0:40:110:40:16

Yes!

0:40:160:40:17

I just wish you'd come out of your shell a bit more. Oh, dear. OK.

0:40:210:40:28

So that tells me that you are £17 worth of profit on that one.

0:40:280:40:32

That gives us a total of £111.

0:40:320:40:38

-Brilliant.

-That's brilliant.

0:40:380:40:40

Chuffed. Absolutely brilliant.

0:40:400:40:43

Listen, it's not entirely over,

0:40:430:40:45

because you've got the option of a Bonus Buy.

0:40:450:40:47

Kate paid £70 for that lovely silver jug.

0:40:470:40:50

It's a matter of whether or not you want to stick or whether

0:40:500:40:53

you want to gamble.

0:40:530:40:55

-We'll stick.

-Either way, it's coming up now.

0:40:550:40:59

The Victorian silver jug.

0:40:590:41:00

Bid me £20 for it.

0:41:000:41:02

£20 for the silver jug?

0:41:020:41:04

20 I have. 25 here against you, internet.

0:41:040:41:07

30 I have. Thank you.

0:41:070:41:08

At £30, internet bidder at 30.

0:41:080:41:10

Where's five? 35 I have on this platform.

0:41:100:41:13

Against you, will you go 40?

0:41:130:41:14

I'm looking for £40.

0:41:140:41:16

I will sell, make no mistake, to my internet bidder at £35.

0:41:160:41:21

-That's a steal.

-Wise discretion.

0:41:220:41:25

You said no, it was the right decision.

0:41:270:41:29

So you've ended up with a positive £111.

0:41:290:41:32

-We are absolutely chuffed.

-Now, listen, not a word to anybody.

0:41:320:41:36

Well, teams, have we had a good time?

0:41:450:41:48

-We have.

-And you've not been speaking to one another?

0:41:480:41:51

Of course not.

0:41:510:41:52

Good, good, good.

0:41:520:41:54

Well, there's good news all round, actually,

0:41:540:41:56

-because both teams have made a profit.

-Oh...

0:41:560:42:01

OK?

0:42:010:42:03

But one team has made more of a profit than the other.

0:42:030:42:07

So, let me tell you that today's runners-up

0:42:070:42:12

-are the Red team.

-Yes!

0:42:120:42:15

Listen, fellas, either way, you ended up with a £30 profit.

0:42:170:42:22

Thank you very much.

0:42:220:42:24

So, many a time that has been a winning score.

0:42:240:42:28

But turning to the Blue team, listen to this, Reds,

0:42:280:42:32

because the Blue team have made a storming £111.

0:42:320:42:39

Well done to this lady as well.

0:42:390:42:40

There we go. But the icing on the cake has to be the fact that you

0:42:400:42:46

made a profit on all your three purchases,

0:42:460:42:48

which means that you get the much-coveted Golden Gavel.

0:42:480:42:53

-Splendid.

-Gosh, well done.

0:42:530:42:56

-Round of applause, everybody.

-Well done you.

-Thank you.

0:42:560:43:00

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